Jacek Chrostowski, Ph.D., P. Eng., FEIC
President and Chief Strategy Officer
Jacek has over 30 years experience in various aspects of technology. He is co-founder and President of Scheelite Technologies, LLC, a Nevada company working on alternative power for wireless networks. Previously, Jacek was Vice-president Technology Strategy at Emcore Co.. From 1998 to 2003 his work at Cisco Systems included Technology Deputy, Optics in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and member of the University Research Board. He serves on the Advisory Board of Signal Lake Venture Capital, and was Technical Editor of IEEE Communication Magazine from 2005-2010. Previous to that he had a distinguished career at the National Research Council of Canada, working over the years on optoelectronics, all-optical networks and their applications. He published over 100 scientific papers, was awarded 7 US patents and co-edited 3 books. He has served on numerous international program committees and reviews of US NSF, US Congress, NSERC, European Community and a number of industrial Advisory Boards. He has M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and PhD in Physics from Warsaw University of Technology in 1974.
Internet of Things Technology
Chris, M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering, has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of product conceptual design, electronics design, programming, prototyping and CSA approval required for products installed in Class 1 div2 hazardous environment (gas stations). Along with electrical Ticket he carries the Electrical Contractor Licence valid in BC. Over the years he worked on a number of projects in SCADA and Internet of Things for a number of municipalities in British Columbia such as North Vancouver, Delta and Lander. These included remote telemetry systems, IP based devices and spread spectrum radio (900 MHz) implementations for water, drainage and sewage pump stations for waste water, street lights and PRV electrical repairs, upgrades and maintenance programs. He resides in Kelowna, BC.
Director, Business Development
Ashley Freeman is an internationally recognized expert in precision agriculture, in particular in cherry orchards and vineyards operations, business development and IoT technologies for agriculture. He travels frequently to Yunnan Province, China to advise cherry growers and government agricultural departments there. After farming in South Africa on two parcels of over 250 hectares in diverse farming for over a decade, he immigrated to Canada in 2007. He pioneered a unique planting style for the Canadian cherry industry. He covers a broad range of technologies and business opportunities, starting from the ground up, to the premium carton on the export market, or the vintage of wine sought after by the discerning pallet.
Edward Frietman, Dr. Ir.
Director, European Operations
Edward is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and currently a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Modeling, Simulation and Scientific Computing published by World Scientific Publishing Co. His main areas of scientific activity have been focussed on opto-electronic processing & Networking, resulting in patents regarding a new generation of opto- electronic devices that can be exploited in Cloud computing and World Wide Web applications. Over the last years, Dr. Frietman has divided his time between Malaysia, Canada and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, most recently as adjunct professor at California State University, exploring microelectronics industry processes and its uses in new applications. His Ir. completion in Electrical engineering and electronics and his doctorate in Computer Science were both obtained at Delft University of Technology at Delft, the Netherlands.
Mansel W Griffiths, Ph.D.
Dr Griffiths is a retired Professor in Dairy Microbiology in the Food Science Department, University of Guelph His current research interests include rapid detection of foodborne pathogens; factors controlling growth and survival of microorganisms in foods; and beneficial uses of microorganisms. Dr Griffiths has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and has edited four books, including “Improving the Safety and Quality of Milk”, which was published in 2010.He serves on the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee for Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Canada IDF Coordinating Committee on Food Safety, and the Food Safety Committee of the Canadian General Standards Board. He is a member of the Maple Leaf Foods Advisory Council and Health Canada Food Regulatory Advisory Committee.
Francis Nedvidek, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Developing & launching innovative technologies and business models in global markets.
Francis Nedvidek is a consummate Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Innovation catalyst, enabler and champion with substantial international residency. He his 20-years of experience covers the application of diverse electro-optical-mechanical-software-materials technologies (for example – LIDAR, multi-wavelength imaging and recognition, analog and digital sensors, machine vision, nanomaterials, data networking and IoT. He has worked in markets spanning Manufacturing Automation, Microelectronics devices and applications, Telecommunications, Medical Equipment, Plastics and Metrology.
Possessing a track record spanning C-Levels in $600 million divisions of multinationals (Raytheon, Leica, Black & Decker, Von Roll) to founder, VP and CEO positions for start-ups and nascent enterprises (Resonance Photonics Inc, Cube Optics AG, NanoXplore Inc.) achieving up to US$60 million exit valuations as well as a TSX Venture IPO.)
Francis Nedvidek empowers collaborative and multi-disciplined teams – bridging countries and cultures – to commercializes winning innovations and achieve faster time-to-market, shorter product cycle times and expand market share and geographic footprint. He has repeatedly and successfully deployed innovative technologies and novel business models and led change through orchestrating executing strategic partnerships and joint-ventures / M&A transactions (exceeding $200 million) enhancing value and accelerating top line and bottom line growth.
Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D., MBA
Kim has over a decade of experience in various elements of nano-technologies. She has a passion for emerging materials science technology and entrepreneuership, and facilitates bridging the gap between business and technical functions. As a subject matter expert in methanol fuel cells, Kim has developed reduced-cost catalyst and component technology to bring new demonstrations and products to the market. She has extensive experience in development of R&D and IP strategy for startup companies. She currently serves as a funded program manager at Maxwell Technologies, where she interfaces with various government agencies to build technology awareness and initiate new programs. Kim received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.